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Samurai to host Masters champs
3:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
SAMURAI Judo club have seen their efforts to nuture top level match officials pay-off after they were asked to host the British Masters Championships and the 10-12 Years Championships this month.
The Glades Leisure Centre will be the venue when the Masters comes to Wyre Forest on Saturday, September 21, with the junior championship the following day.
Samurai have been given the honour of looking after the tournaments because they have more national standard officials than any other club in the country.
The British Masters will attract entries from all over Britain and abroad for players aged over 30 years, with the oldest competitors possibly being in their seventies.
It is run in five year age groups as well as weight bands, with categories for both males and females.
Samurai were the first club ever to run a women’s veterans judo competition in Great Britain, just 20 years ago, since when women’s veteran judo has grown in strength.
The club will have a number of their own top players competing. Nigel Tinsdale, who recently gained his third level black belt, will lead the charge for medals on Saturday, with around eight other Samurai players also involved.
On Sunday, all eyes will be on Darcie Hancocks as she bids to retain her British Championship title, which she won at this event last year when it was held in St Helens.
No Samurai or Worcestershire player has ever won back-to-back British titles, but as the holder of the current national Welsh, Scottish, British Schools and West of England Open titles, she must start as hot favourite.
Intriguingly, her mum Sue may well be having a go at the Masters the day before.
Another Samurai to watch is Leah Grosvenor, who took silver at this event last year, while James Hemer makes his debut at this level after winning gold in Belgium recently and must be in with a chance.
So far around 300 entries have been received, with the closing date still over two weeks away. Entries are coming from all over Britain, with a particularly strong contingent from Scotland. Entry to both events for spectators is free to anybody who can produce a masthead from The Shuttle.
Anyone who wants more details about the club can call 07761 122977 or visit www. samurai.org.uk.
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